Answer given by Mr Rehn on behalf of the Commission
With respect to Cyprus, the European Union only recognises the Republic of Cyprus as subject to international law, and thus its full, sovereign right to conclude bilateral agreements with other countries, provided, as the case may be, they are in line with EU legislation. There is no Community competence for the issue of delimitation of economic exclusive zones, which is a matter falling under the sole competence of the Member States.
At the same time, the Commission underlines that this issue yet once more confirms the urgent need for a resumption of fully fledged negotiations under United Nations (UN) auspices leading to a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.
The Convention on the Law of the Sea is indeed part of the Community acquis, which Turkey is expected to take over and enforce at the moment of its accession to the European Union. The Commission will continue to monitor the implementation of the acquis in Turkey.
OJ C 293, 05/12/2007